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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Netanyahu: Arabs would welcome strike on Iran

I don't know how loudly I'd want to be saying this, even though it's likely true, but Prime Minister Netanyahu has told a French magazine that a strike on Iran would be welcomed in the Arab world.
“Five minutes after [an attack], contrary to what the skeptics say, I think a feeling of relief would spread across the region,” said Netanyahu, who has been calling for the US and the international community to draw a clear “red line” beyond which Iran would not be allowed to pass in pursuit of nuclear capability.
“Iran is not popular in the Arab world, far from it, and some governments in the region, as well as their citizens, have understood that a nuclear-armed Iran would be dangerous for them, not just for Israel,” he said.
The interview appeared on the eve of Netanyahu’s scheduled visit to France on Wednesday where, in addition to meeting France’s leaders in Paris, he will also be traveling to Toulouse to participate in a memorial service at the Jewish school where a terrorist in March murdered a rabbi and three school children.


Asked in the Paris Match interview whether he was concerned that the terrorist responsible for the murders in Toulouse explained his act by saying that “the Jews have our brothers and sisters in Palestine,” the prime minister responded that “nothing can justify the massacre of children. This is pure barbarism.”
“Any attempt to explain, justify or excuse such behavior is absurd,” Netanyahu said. “All civilized people must unite in the battle against terrorism and start by unanimously condemning it. I am going to Toulouse to demonstrate my solidarity with the victims of terror, Jewish and non-Jewish, and call for action against terrorism and those countries that support it.”
So can we start taking bets on when Netanyahu's next trip to Washington will take place depending upon who wins the US elections?

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